Swing Dance Classes Wednesday nights, 7-8pm, Kakes Studios, 2115 Pearl St, Boulder, CO
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Radical Reconnecting through Permaculture, Ceremony, & Movement
Saturday, June 21st, 2014, 9am-3pm; @ CRS Barn, 2622 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY 14850


Water-Based Dance, Sunday, July 14, 2013, 12pm
Thompson Park @ Cayuga & Cascadilla
A short solo performance exploring the relationship between water bodies - FREE!


AASHE Annual Conference; Oct 14-16, 2012

Body-Based Experiential Change for Cultural Sustainability
Monday, Oct 15, 4-6pm, Expo Hall

This workshop is based on the understanding that earth, human bodies, & societies are living, breathing systems that influence each other. The sustainability movement so far has focused primarily on environmentalism: ‘greening’ behaviors & products. It is time for the body, full of knowledge & creativity, to come center stage with its connection to the environment. It has a crucial role to play as a connector between emotional, physical & intellectual knowing in the question of sustainability. In this session, I introduce the body through the lens of dance, a field of study that deeply investigates & celebrates the universal human truth of intrinsic kinesthetic knowledge. I begin the session with a short performance that explores the relationship between body, culture, & earth. The performance is grounded in solid research drawing on eco-feminism, deep ecology, experiential learning, & dance studies. These fields of scholarship provide language & theoretical structure that elucidate the body’s relationship with culture & nature, & how it can be the bridge that sustainability has been looking for. After the performance, attendees will be invited into dialogue reflecting on the performance. Finally, I will invite participants to join me in a safe, supportive exploration of simple movement that helps us tap into the embodied knowledge we all carry. Embodiment allows for a lived experience, leading to community, connection, & ultimately change. Learning and communicating with the body present is a process that is highly under used, yet imperative for the kind of change we seek. We need these body-based resources to creatively contribute to campus sustainability & beyond.

Ithaca Workshop Series

January 2012

Contemporary Dance Winter Workshops
A mini-series of two workshops to facilitate your dancing body to bend, stretch, roll, leap, and spin. Using a foundation of somatic techniques*, yoga, breath work, jazz, and modern dance, we will develop awareness and technical skill. We dance to a soundtrack of motivating world music. We dance in our own space to build strength and flexibility. We dance together to build community. For all levels.

*somatic techniques are those that are designed to integrate body and mind usually through slow, gentle movement targeting the interaction of your nervous and musculoskeletal systems. This series we will primarily draw on Alexander Technique.

Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Road  Ithaca, NY 14850
Monday Jan 9
Wednesday Jan 11
$20 per workshop
$35 for both

Please arrive 10 min early for check in so we can start together on time. Cash or check at the door, advance online payment with credit cards available here (scroll to the bottom of the page for Custom Payment Amount and enter "Winter Dance Workshops 2012").

After spending the past few months working with beginning dance students at University of Colorado, my belief in dance to heal, transform, inspire, and release has been confirmed over and over. Won't you join me and give your body, mind, and spirit the gift of dance?


Colorado Bioneers; Saturday, October 29, 2011, 8-8:50am
Joy of Movement: Breathe, Move, Stretch; CU Boulder Campus, Outdoors or Humanities 190 

This workshop invites you to relax through deep breathing techniques and supportive postures. By inviting relaxation, we move freely into a dance-centered warm up that focuses on moving the body to prepare it for learning and focus. We move alone and in relationship to each other, creating a sense of connection and play among class participants. We also begin to address the relationship between body and earth.  Please wear comfortable clothing for movement.

Power to the Pelvis: An Anatomy Workshop for Yogis; Saturday, April 9, 2-3:30pm
Mighty Yoga, 106 W State St/MLK Jr St, Ithaca, NY 14850

Open Dance Studio

Friday, Dec 3, 2010
Community School of Music and Arts
First Friday Gallery Night

Join Maren and students for an open studio of modern dance.  We'll do warm-ups, class combinations, and work-in-progress choreography.  Never been to a dance studio?  Curious about modern dance? Visit the downstairs dance studio on Gallery Night and find out! Guests are welcome to watch and/or dance with us. Participation appropriate for ages 12+.

Dance Performance: Moving Landscapes III
Friday, August 13 at 7:30 pm
CRS Barn Studio
2622 North Triphammer Road, Ithaca
Free: donations accepted


User's Guide to Your Body

Want to bring this to your workplace or community? Contact Maren for more information...

Move out of strain and into ease with this fun and informative workshop series.  The series is held in six, two-hour sessions for twelve hours total. You may sign up for the entire series or a single class. This course is designed to help you gain a greater understanding of how the body moves, maintains balance, and establishes patterns that lead to tension.  Breaking these patterns enhances grace and poise while reducing pain and fatigue. In this course we will also explore how posture and movement patterns can affect mood and mental state. Learn ways to reduce the effects of stress in your life; learn techniques to reduce painful areas of chronic tension on your own. You'll learn this through:

Illustrated lecture on musculoskeletal anatomyStretching & MovementSelf- Massage

Nov 9 - Chapter 1: Building a Stable Foundation (Feet & Legs)
Nov 16 - Chapter 2: Balance & Mobility (Hip & Thigh)
Nov 23 - Chapter 3: Ease & Flexibility (Low Back & Hips)
Nov 30 - Chapter 4: Inspiration (Back & Breathing)
Dec 7 - Chapter 5: Hold Your Head High (Shoulders & Neck)
Dec 14 - Chapter 6: Reaching Out (Arms)

All classes are Mondays 7-9pm
Soma Living Arts
409 W. Martin Luther King Street/W State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Registration Required. Email Maren: maren@movingjoystudios.com.
$240 for full course ($40/class)
$50 for individual class

Class is limited to 12.  Register early.
Moderate mobility required.

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